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Special events

St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2421 S. Hanna St., will have its 88th church anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday, with guest pastor William Oneal from Second Missionary Baptist Church in Anderson.

Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have a Taize meditation and worship service at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cornerstone Harvest Church, 8411 Clinton Park Drive, will sponsor the Come to the Wow Jams 2013 at 4 p.m. Monday at Brewer Park at Pettit and Weisser Park avenues. The free event will have haircuts, bike repair, makeovers, nail painting, food and games for kids.

•The Formula for Life student group at the University of Saint Francis is hosting a community event for residents to meet Father Andre Sylvestre, director of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Haiti, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom of Brookside on campus.

Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., will have an old-fashioned hymn sing and ice cream social at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Worship in the Park, presented by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be 8 a.m. Sunday at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. For information, call 422-7931, ext. 100.

Jeff Backer, who hosts the TV program “Faith to Faith,” will speak at Abundant Life Christian Center, 1409 S. Main St. in Bluffton, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Wednesday, and at Fort Wayne Christian Center, 6901 S. Hanna St., 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday. Child care and children’s ministry will be available for newborns through fifth grade.

Vacation Bible School

•Christ’s Community Church, 10616 Liberty Mills Road, will have its SonWest Roundup Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 22-26 for ages 4 through entering sixth grade. To register, call 436-2637.

Harvest Christian Fellowship, 11225 Grabill Road in Leo-Cedarville, will have its Vacation Bible School featuring Child Evangelism Fellowship “5 Day Club” from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. July 22 to 26 for ages 5 to fifth grade. To register in advance, go to For information, email or call 260-627-2720.

Guidelight is a listing of special religious events. Send information to Guidelight, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0088, or email at least two weeks before desired publication.